Camera Monitor System for Fire Apparatus

Backeye®360 Systems are intelligent camera monitor products designed to assist low-speed maneuverability by providing the driver with a real-time surround view of the vehicle in a single image. Presenting all-round visibility in one image saves the driver or operator having to process information from several mirrors or monitors in quick succession, making it easier to spot and assess possible hazards.

Backeye®360 Systems also help reduce the length of time a driver has to “travel blind,” either switching between mirrors, monitors, windows and the windscreen, or viewing a limited area in a single mirror. Backeye®360 provides the driver with a real-time, 360° ‘bird’s-eye’ view of the vehicle within a single image.

Brigade offers a choice of 360° technologies, both of which work with four ultra-wide-angle cameras that each covers one full side of the vehicle with a viewing angle of over 180°. High-mounted on the front, rear, and sides, the calibrated cameras capture all of the surrounding area including the blind spots of the vehicle or machine. The four live images are simultaneously sent to an electronic control unit (ECU) where they are instantly processed, combined, blended and stitched. The distortion from the wide-angle camera lens is also corrected before delivering a clear, smooth, real-time image onto the driver’s monitor.

The Backeye®360 systems allow for personalized calibration, and each installation is unique. The blending and stitching of the camera views can be configured to meet the requirements of the user and the settings saved to upload to identical vehicles in a fleet.

Backeye®360 will work on virtually any rigid vehicle or machine, large or small. The distance of the viewing area can be set to suit the application. The flexibility of the Brigade systems means there are solutions suitable for both on- and off-road applications.

Benefits of the system extend beyond reducing collisions with people and objects. The comprehensive view of the surroundings aids the driver when maneuvering at low speed and can minimize tire damage, as drivers of larger vehicles can see and avoid objects lying on the ground.

Backeye®360 Systems are compatible with Brigade MDR digital recorders, providing 360° footage that can be used in incidents of “crash for cash,” vandalism, or false claims.

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